Defynnog – the ancient yew trees of Wales

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This might be Europe’s oldest tree. The great yew of Defynnog.

Whilst the experts can’t agree, one thing is for sure… this tree is thousands of years old and has a very good claim to be one of the oldest trees in Europe.

It is on a very beautiful special site in the village of Defynnog in the upper Usk valley, not far from Brecon.

You’re in for a tasty treat at the International Welsh Rarebit Centre, Defynnog

On your visit don’t miss the tasty food and warm welcome the International Welsh Rarebit Centre next door the church yard where the tree stands.

Defynnog is also famous because in the 18th century (yes, I know, so recent!!) a meeting between Daniel Rowland and Howell Harris crystalized and energised the Welsh Methodist movement in Wales, bringing huge changes to the landscape of faith.

Howell Harris, whose meeting with Daniel Rowland changed the course of Welsh church

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